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CIPD Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Learning and Development

Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Learning and Development

CIPD Level 7 Diploma Program

The CIPD Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Learning & Development is focused specifically on L&D and has different option units that help it stay focused on L&D. As well, you'll cover topics like diversity and inclusion, wellbeing and global people management.


When you complete your CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning and Development with us, you get more than just a qualification. We’ll support you every step of the way to make sure you develop real skills with real impact on your career.

Who is CIPD Level 7 Diploma in Strategic L&D for?

The CIPD Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Learning and Development is for you if you:


  • Work in Organisational Development (OD) or Learning and Development (L&D) and want to take the next step in your career or substantiate your experience with a qualification

  • Want to broaden your knowledge of other areas of HR, L&D or OD, such as Online Delivery, as well as enhance your own professional development.


The Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning and Development is a great way to demonstrate your experience in the people profession and your capability as an OD or L&D.

Learning Outcomes

The CIPD Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning and Development is practical work based qualification that will enable you to:

  • Develop your understanding of and ability to apply L&D concepts, theories and tools.

  • Extend your knowledge and skills in creating and implementing L&D and OD policies and procedures.

  • Widen your perspective of how L&D and OD fits into (and is impacted by) the wider organisational and environmental strategic context.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidates should have sufficient experience in an HR or L&D Role.

  • English proficiency. If English is your second language, we recommend you have an IELTS 6.5/ESOL Level 2 or equivalent, but we're happy to review your case on an individual basis.

  • As part of the application process, candidates will be required to complete a Diagnostic Assessment.

Delivery Method

  • This is an instructor-Led progarmme, 48 online  days /200 training hours.

  • Coursework activities and assignments to be given during class.

  • You will learn in dedicated classrooms delivered by lecturers with a broad range of industry expertise using the latest technologies.

Study Method

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The programme is developed to meet the needs of busy professionals and incorporates group work, case studies, and scenarios from current L&D and OD Practice with unlimited support via e-mail to your programme tutors.

The diploma program is a combination of classroom guided learning, online learning, and self-study. The students are working professionals so we have split the classroom days into manageable chunks. You will only need to take time off work for a few days at a time and there is also sufficient time in between the blocks (modules) to self-study and complete assignments.


Our programs are taught by practicing HR and L&D professionals and supported with creative and interesting learning materials. Therefore, our programs encourage collaboration, interaction, participation and the sharing of experiences with fellow students, whilst building a strong working relationship with our team.

Assessment Method


  • There are no exams or workshops on this program. Students will be assessed via a range of methods include written assignments (business reports, work based project and reflective statements to support individual learning plans), presentations, role plays as well your contribution to online discussion forums.

  • Students will submit your assignments for each module online. Each will be between 2500 and 3900 words. Assignments will be marked by your tutor and verified by CIPD. At the beginning of the program, students will get an access to the We-are-HR Student hub. The student hub has detailed resources for each module. Before each class, the tutor will share all the resources needed and during classes students will work through each of the learning outcomes.


Assessment focus

Assessment for the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning and Development is employer driven and aimed at real scenarios that learners may encounter in their future career.


Assessment grading

This qualification is not graded. Learners will receive either a Pass or Fail. All assessment criteria must be met in order to achieve a Pass.


Qualification achievement

  • All assessments for this qualification are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes.

  • To achieve a Pass for this qualification, a learner must have satisfied all the assessment criteria for each unit. If the complete qualification is not achieved, credit can be issued in the form of a statement of standalone unit credit.

  • Statements of standalone unit credit will be subject to the currency of the existing qualification and CIPD quality assurance checks. The CIPD’s decision will be final.



Upon successful completion of the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning and Development, learners with the relevant professional experience can apply for Chartered Membership. Further details can be found on the CIPD website WWW.CIPD.CO.UK.

Diploma Content:

You'll Study 8 Units:

  • Unit 1: 7CO01 Work and working lives in a changing business environment

  • Unit 2: 7CO02 People management and development strategies for performance

  • Unit 3: 7CO03 Personal effectiveness, ethics and business acumen

  • Unit 4: 7CO04 Business research in people practice

  • Unit 5: 7LD01 Organisational Design & Development

  • Unit 6: 7LD02 Leadership & Management Development in Context

  • Unit 7: 7LD03 Designing Learning to Improve Performance

  • Unit 8: 7OS05 Managing people in an international context


  • The Qualification is delivered in 4 modules/blocks of 12 days each.

  • There is a period of 6-8 weeks between each module. This allows the student to return to their workplace, review their learning, and complete the required workbooks and assignments.

  • Below are the dates of the 2023-24 calendar of CIPD Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Learning & Development program:

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